To become a successful cricketer one’s physical appearance doesn’t matter what matters is the person’s skills and capability but sometimes these extra few inches act as an added advantage, especially for bowlers.
Extra height acts as an advantage for bowlers as they can give some extra bounce out of a flat wicket. Even batsmen get benefitted from extra height as they can reach out to the ball with a long front foot.
So let’s have a look at the real giants who became giants for their team
Mohammad Irfan – 7’1″ (216 cm)
He is a Pakistani fast bowler who came as intimidating to the best batters in the world of cricket.
He made his ODI debut in 2010 against England where he impressed everyone with his ability to bowl at 140 km/hr consistently. Though he had to leave the team with just 2 ODIs in his name, after his test debut because he got prone to certain injuries.
But after recovering he made an astonishing comeback against India on the tour in 2012-13. Since then he is playing consistently for his team with the extra advantage of his inconceivable height. Because of his height, he can give extra bounce to the ball.
Joel Garner – 6’8″ (203 cm)
Joel Garner, also known as Big Bird was born in Christ Church, Barbados on December 16, 1952.
He got the title of Big Bird by his West Indian team for his massive height. He played for his team in the 70s and 80s where he was a fast bowler who helped his team to win the World Cup champion Trophy in 1979.
The most fearsome West Indies bowler ended his career with an average of 20 in tests and 18 in ODI. He played 58 matches with 259 wickets and 98 matches with 146 wickets.
Bruce Reid – 6’8″ (203 cm)
Born on 14 March 1963, this former Australian cricketer had played 27 test matches with 113 wickets and 61 ODI matches with 63 wickets in the late 80s and early 90s but later was prone to injuries. He would have made a finer career if he was not forced to quit his career at 29 because of injuries.
He represented Australia in Test Cricket from Dec 1985 to Dec 1992 and in ODI’s from January 1986 to March 1992. He also served as India’s bowling coach from 2003 to 2004 on their tour to Australia after calling a quit on his cricket career.
Boyd Rankin – 6’8″ (204 cm)
William Boyd Rankin is a former cricketer who played for Ireland for the majority of his career.
He played 3 test matches with 8 wickets, 75 ODI matches with 107 wickets, and 50 T20I matches with 55 wickets.
Rankin had a special talent for bowling heavy bowls which would disrupt the batters.
After making his ODI debut in 2007 he made his test debut in the Ashes series in 2014.
Currently, he has decided to give up on his cricket shoes, lets’s see if he decides to take coaching shoes or not.
Cameron Cuffy – 6’8″ (203 cm)
Cameron Eustace Cuffy is a former West Indies cricketer who played from 1994 to 2002. Though he was in the world of cricket for a short period he did wonder with his bowling.
He made his Test and ODI debut in 1994. In his career, he took 43 wickets in tests at an average of 33.83 and 41 wickets in ODI at an average of 35.02.
Though he played only 15 test matches, batsmen were intimidated by his fierce balling as they used to say that his deliveries seem to come from clouds.
He made his place on this list despite not so successful career because of his Man of the Match award which he got without scoring a run, taking a wicket, or claiming a catch.
Peter George – 6’8″ (203 cm)
Born on October 16, 1986, in Adelaide, Australia Peter is the only Australian cricketer with a phenomenal height of 6’8″. He was a fast bowler known for his bouncers.
Though he played only a few test matches yet he made it to the list because he knocked down Sachin Tendulkar in his debut match against India in Bangalore, 2010 when Sachin was on 214.
Kyle Jamieson – 6’8″ (203 cm)
Born on 30 December 1994, Kyle Alex Jamieson made his test debut against India on Feb 21, 2020.
The young sensation has played 8 test matches, 5 ODI matches, 8 T20I matches, and 7 IPL matches in such a short span. In a handful of matches, he has brought glory to his team with his winning performances.
His height became the talk of the town because of his ability to swing the ball both ways. Though it has become a ritual that high pace bowlers aren’t good at batting, Kyle entered like a storm and broke this ritual.
He began by winning the Under 19 World Cup in 2014 and since then never looked back.
Sulieman Benn – 6’7″ (201 cm)
Born on 22 July 1981, Sulieman Smith Benn is a West Indies cricketer who played National cricket from 2008 to 2016.
Despite being 6’7″ in height, he decided to be a spinner which came as a surprise for everyone.
He got successful in the International arena because of his ability to provide tough bounces and catches in short legs.
He has taken 87 wickets in test cricket with an average of 39.10 and 39 wickets in ODI with an average of 49.05.
Jason Holder – 6’7″ (201 cm)
Jason Omar Holder was born on Nov 05, 1991, in Barbadian (West Indies). Though former captain of West Indies made his debut a few days before IPL 2013 auctions he made his place in Chennai Super Kings.
Jason emerged as an upcoming star after he became the highest wicket-taker of the West Indies team in the Under-19 World Cup, 2010.
To date, he has played 49 test matches, 118 ODI matches, 23 T20I matches, and 19 IPL matches.
According to ICC test rankings 2019 he is ranked as the number one all-rounder in the world.
Chris Tremlett – 6ft 7in (201 cm)
Christopher Timothy Tremlett is a former England cricketer who played international cricket from 2005 to 2013.
He took 53 wickets in 12 test matches at an average of 27.00, 15 wickets in 15 ODI matches at an average of 47.00, and 2 wickets in a T20 match.
A fast bowler with not so high a pace in his bowling served the English team for so long because of his capability to extract bounce and take wickets.
Although Chris had a good start to his career recording a hattrick in his ODI debut, he had to pay for his tall height throughout his career as he sustained a lot of injuries.
Currently, he has become a gym freak who is focusing on his body transformation.
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